I.. I don’t even know.
This might’ve been the best episode of avatar in the history of avatar.
it was definitely
this episode definitely solidified why avatar is the best cartoon
the part where Toph is SO HAPPY SHE’S A DUDE
lok meme | [4/05] characters | korra
“I joined the circus because I was scared of spending the rest of my life as part of a matched set. At least I’m different now. Circus freak is a compliment.”
another thing that ticks me off
how amazing korra is when she confronts tarrlok in episode 8, and how fandom seems to have collectively erased it from its memory
and i’m not talking about the fight (although that was bamfass too and like literally my favorite fight of the season) - i’m talking about the dialogue when she confronts him, before the fight
can we talk about how she calls tarrlok out on all of his bullshit like a pro, how she understands and clearly expresses the fact that tarrlok is oppressing nonbenders, tarrlok is doing what amon has been criticizing them for and korra sees that and knows it’s wrong and knows that as the avatar she needs to deal with this shit and take tarrlok to task
i don’t care if you’re a fan who believes fully the overall nonbender oppression narrative or not, because in that episode tarrlok was doing fucked up shit and korra was calling him out on it and HEY FANDOM TELL ME KORRA DIDN’T GROW AT ALL OR DO THE RIGHT THING AT ALL OR WHATEVER DURING THIS SEASON NOW BECAUSE SHE CLEARLY DID IN THIS EPISODE, NOT TO MENTION IN A LOT OF OTHER WAYS TOO FANDOM TENDS TO WILLFULLY MISS
so we got the names. thanks konietzko!
based on that website, it looks like eska will be more of a big sister type who likes to take on responsibilities (lol sounds like katara) while desna has “a natural inclination toward the spiritual” and “can be so rational at times that desna almost seem to lack emotion.”
that website could be entirely wrong, but why not speculate!
So I’m in the process of writing a really long, really epic meta about Aang. Like, all of him, breaking down his growth and really just every aspect of his character in every action he takes in every episode throughout the series. Yeah, if that meta gets finished by July it’ll be a goddamn miracle.
But in the meantime, I wanted to talk about something people don’t talk about too much in the series, which is weird, because it’s at the root of the entire premise of the show: Aang is the last airbender. That’s right, it’s time to talk about the Air Nomad genocide. Now, I’m couching this primarily- indeed, pretty much exclusively- in terms of what this means for Aang, because what really makes tragedies like this horrible is the people who survive them. The dead have moved on. It’s the ones left behind who suffer the longest from atrocities like this.
A lot of this is going to come up in my Aang meta as well, but I wanted to say my piece about this, specifically, on its own. It’s been on my mind lately because I’m about to hit the Southern Air Temple chapter of Fireflight, so I guess I’ve just got it on the brain and I need to put some of those thoughts down on the page.
Be advised, I am going to be drawing a few parallels to the Holocaust, as that’s probably the best-publicized and most-documented example of genocide in the real world. This is for comparative and emphatic purposes only, in order to underline the emotional resonance of this aspect of the story and put a fictional tragedy in perspective through comparisons to a real-world tragedy. If you’re not comfortable with that, feel free to scroll on. The last thing I want to do is hurt anyone here, and I know that it’s a sensitive topic, just as the airbender genocide ought to be.
We all clear? Good.
So here goes. The Air Nomad genocide, as explored through the experiences of its sole survivor. I doubt it’s totally coherent, because this one was really hard to organize into any kind of logical order due to it not really having much of a point aside from getting some stuff about this subject off my chest. But I think it’s still important despite the scattered nature of this piece.